Please Help Fellow Kayaker Matt Thomas Get Back On the Water

A few months ago I joined in as a supporter of the recovery fund for Matt Thomas, and I’m giving it a shout out here for those of you who would like to pitch in as well.

Click to read more about Matt Thomas and the recovery mission.

Matt Thomas is a former local whitewater kayaker who ended up with spinal cord damage from a mountain bike accident two and a half years go.  In the beginning he could barely move an arm and was paralyzed from the chest down, but since then he has made big progress with physical therapy and attends Project Walk in California with the goal of being able to walk again, not to mention also someday play in whitewater.  Health insurance being what it is, he has a lot of costs that are not taken care of, and Project Walk is over $6K a month.

Matt is asking for 300 supporters to sign up to donate $20 a month towards his recovery – it’s tax deductible, and spread over a lot of people like that it’s manageable pretty much in any circumstances.  (Speaking as a real estate agent coming out of the housing-based “Great Recession” – referred to in the papers with a capital ‘G’ and ‘R’ for a reason, believe me – I feel qualified to say this.)

I’ve never met Matt – obviously he has great boating skills, as you can see in Darin McQuoid’s photo gallery of Matt.  The point is really that this is the kind of thing that could happen to anyone, and how would it feel to be in that situation?  Knowing that people were pitching together to help you climb out of it would mean the world.

Here’s the link to the post on Matt’s blog with more info on the project, or you can click here to go directly to the donation page (use the dropdown menu to choose a recurring donation).  Thanks for reading, and big thanks if you choose to donate!

Kayak Expert - March 29, 2012

I adore Matt Thomas for struggling so hard. You’re the Man Matt! Keep it up. You are amazing! Despite of everything that has happened to you, there you are smiling and looking so happy. Nice post Irene!

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